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UN expert calls on Argentina to improve living conditions of indigenous groups

Friday, December 9th 2011 - 07:08 UTC
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Special Rapporteur James Anaya spend 11 days in Argentina collecting information Special Rapporteur James Anaya spend 11 days in Argentina collecting information

A United Nations expert urged Argentina to strengthen its measures to protect the human rights of indigenous groups as well as their rights to land ownership and education, adding that a mechanism to establish dialogue between them and the Government is urgently needed.

“It is necessary that the Government prioritize indigenous issues, develop new programmes and public policies for them, and that it ensure that these are implemented in line with international standards,” said UN Special Rapporteur on indigenous rights James Anaya after his 11-day visit to the country.

“A central preoccupation expressed by indigenous leaders during my visit was the lack of judicial security over their land ownership rights and in particular the various problems and delays they face regarding their properties,” Mr. Anaya said, referring to recent instances where land initially occupied by indigenous groups has been appropriated by the Government.

Many of the land disputes, Mr. Anaya noted, have occurred between indigenous groups and private companies – in particular excavating firms – which have been enabled by judicial authorities.

Mr. Anaya emphasized the “lack of dialogue and participation with the affected indigenous groups before undertaking such projects, and the lack of their role in the decision-making process, as well as of sharing the benefits of the projects resulting from use of their lands.”

During his visit, Mr. Anaya held meetings with several representatives of indigenous communities in various provinces as well as with Government authorities in the capital, Buenos Aires.

Mr. Anaya also stressed the need to give indigenous groups in remote areas access to adequate education that includes bilingual and intercultural exchanges to keep indigenous dialects alive, as well as facilitating the university attendance.

A full report on Mr. Anaya’s visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council next year.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Argentina.

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  • xbarilox

    Fortunately, this is what the Argentine government is doing. More power to the people!

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 07:18 am 0
  • ChrisR

    #1 xbollox
    Pity you massacred so many of them then, or is this the way Argentina looks after its' people?

    Stealing their land, no judicial security, no or very little education (but I bet they are force fed the Falklands drivel) and no consideration of indigenous dialects, what more can these people expect from Fascists?

    Get real.

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 10:52 am 0
  • Yuleno

    There are no indigenous people on the Malvinas,they are migrants who had to leave their own country or die in poverty in their own land.
    Yes it's time to recognise indigenous people's rights and way of life.And it is a global issue of the effect of capitalist greed and it would be interesting to read yanqui people's view on the matter,I think

    Dec 09th, 2011 - 11:36 am 0
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